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Title: Tips for Making Posters Jielun Sun Sponsored by Communicating Science, ESL


1
Tips for Making PostersJielun Sun Sponsored by
Communicating Science, ESL
  • Summarized from
  • Designing Effective Posters by Jeff Radel, Univ.
    of Kansas Medical Center
  • Making Posters by Jonathan Monroe, James Madison
    Univ.
  • Examples from poster design websites
  • Award winning posters

2
Planning a posters
  • Purpose of a poster
  • outline a piece of work in a form that is easily
    assimilated and stimulates interest and
    discussion. The ultimate aim is a fruitful
    exchange of ideas between the presenter and the
    people reading the poster.
  • A visual presentation schematic diagrams,
    arrows, and other strategies to direct the visual
    attention of the viewer, rather than explaining
    it all using text alone.
  • A typical reader may spend only a few minutes
    looking at the poster
  • a minimum of clutter
  • a maximum of pithy, informative statements and
    attractive, enlightening graphics.

3
Planning a poster
  • Essential concept for your audience
  • Components title banner (title, authors,
    affiliations, poster ), a statement of the
    topic, a description of materials and methods,
    a presentation of results and discussions,
    summary, acknowledgements, and references
  • Check the available size of the boards

4
Designing a poster
  • Simplicity is the key for information-saturated
    audience
  • Capture and hold the readers attention
  • Not intended to be full length papers
  • bullets, tables, figures, simple words, short
    sentences
  • Avoid using jargon, acronyms, or unusual
    abbreviations
  • Grid design When possible, the panel should be
    designed with a grid in mind and all the
    elements, headings, body text, and figures should
    be arranged on the grid. Make sure that your
    readers can follow the flow of the text and
    images.
  • A question-and-answer format?

5
Design a poster (cont)
  • Readability
  • Title banner from 15-20 feet away
  • Graphic materials and text a minimum distance
    of 6 feet.
  • Font a sans serif face (Helvetica or Arial)
  • Title boldface and all-caps, 48 pt.
  • Authors and affiliation boldface, mixed
    upper/lower case, 24 pt
  • Section heading boldface, 36 pt.
  • Text plain, no boldface, double-space all text,
    using left-justification, 24 pt, no smaller than
    18 points
  • Poster session boldface
  • One option is to consider using a larger size (36
    pt) for Conclusion text, and a smaller size (18
    pt) for methods and text.

6
Design a poster (cont)
  • Colors Restrained use of 2-3 colors for emphasis
    is valuable overuse is not. Using light type on
    dark background or dark type on light background.
  • Graphics and Tables
  • Self-explanatory graphics and Table with a
    prescriptive tile. Label data lines in graphs
    directly, using large type color. Use colors to
    distinguish different data groups in graphs.
    Avoid use patterns or open bars in histograms.
  • 150-300 dpi for imported pictures and dont
    change the proportions of the image (Mike will
    have more to say about this)
  • Table and figures should be numbered in the order
    in which they are mentioned in the text.
  • Use borders about 0.5 inches all around each
    figures.
  • Text Lines of body text should never extend
    across the whole width of a panel of your poster.

7
Text
  • Introduction Briefly explain the existing state
    of knowledge of the topic with citations, why you
    undertook the study, and what specifically you
    are going to demonstrate.
  • Materials and Methods
  • Present the methods you use to investigate the
    problem.
  • cite papers that describe particular techniques
    to reduce the length of the poster.
  • Be both brief and thorough. Avoid specific
    details that are common procedures.
  • Results and discussion Interpret results in
    relation to the original objective or hypothesis,
    relate these interpretations to the present state
    of knowledge presented in the Introduction,
    discuss the future needs for research.
  • Summary Short and relevant to the Introduction

8
Odds and Ends
  • Remember to take the poster to the meeting when
    you leave home. This is a surprisingly stressful
    mistake.
  • Do not entrust the poster to the tender mercies
    of baggage handlers.
  • Back up a copy of the poster to disk.
  • Do not wander too far away from your poster
    during the session, be available for discussion.
    Post your schedule on your poster. Have handouts
    available.
  • A presenting author at a poster session should
    behave like a waiter in a first-class restaurant,
    who is there when needed but does not aggravate
    the guests by interrupting conversation every ten
    minutes to inquire whether they are enjoying the
    food.
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